Midwest Book Review
Orbs of Trenihgea is Book 2 in the Rites of Heirdron duology, continuing the science fantasy as it follows the efforts of leader Zrahnz, whose awakening portends a shift in the galaxy and in military alliances.
The Sorcery of Orark and the Fridoan Order are as relentless in their pursuit of the powerful Orbs of Trenihgea as Zrahnz is passionate about his newfound role, his mission, and more.
Even though Orbs of Trenihgea holds romantic elements, it should be cautioned that an affinity for galaxy-wide clashes and leadership challenges is a prerequisite for enjoying this multi-faceted story, which laces a military sci-fi playing field with elements of love and hate.
There’s no set path for the missions, changing attitudes, battles, love, and betrayal that evolve in Orbs of Trenihgea; nor any hint of the type of formula writing that could keep its action predictable – and this is its strength.
As readers walk through a universe replete with cross-species mating, tactical decision-making under a king’s command that reads like a classic Star Trek space battle, the politics and processes of Seer and Guild strategists, and the mechanics of how a prophecy is interpreted, readers come to understand how the coveted Orbs will shift the forces in the universe and change everything – and why they mean so much to all involved.
Action is swift, interpersonal relationships are nicely detailed, and the end result offers up more than romance in a universe-building, collision of forces, ideals, and individuals. Especially recommended for prior fans of Rites of Heirdron. A duology that defies easy categorization, but reaches beyond genre definitions to entice readers from military sci-fi, and political sci-fi circles alike.
Sci-Fi fans will relish every moment of Newland Moon’s “Orbs of Trenihgea: Science Fantasy (Rites of Heirdron Book 2)”—A grand space opera reminiscent of Frank Herbert, Alan Dean Foster, and Gene Roddenberry’s best works.
Although “Orbs of Trenihgea” is a difficult read, with nearly impossible-to-pronounce and unfamiliar names for its colorful cast of characters, stunning places, and impressive technology, it is a highly imaginative and complex plot that drives this grandiose Sci-Fi thriller. Newland Moon’s immeasurable creativity spawns an amazing galactic civilization divided into a stunning array of microcosms—most of whom are bent on ruling the entire galaxy and will do so at any cost. And yet, among these worlds are those individuals who stand out as leaders and villains, and kings and queens, as armies jostle through the stars for power and control.
Moon focuses on dozens of characters for whom she has developed a unique set of fallibilities and talents, making them eminently suited to the telling of her tale. The political sub-plots in Moon’s story may be familiar, but she spins a heavy yarn around spies and politicians, intertwining each individual and group within this immense political Sci-Fi thriller with its own genesis, sweeping the reader forward as plot twists and resolutions fly by faster than light speed.
Although this jaw-dropping epic is the second chapter in Moon’s grand opera, I found no difficulty picking up the gist of the story. Moon provides adequate background information for her reader, and I would, therefore, consider her work as an apt stand-alone novel. All in all, “Orbs of Trinehgea” is a saga to be savored and, quite likely, to be read over and over again and again.
Orbs of Trenihgea is a perfect follow-up to the conflicts and intrigue established in Rites of Heirdron. I thought it couldn’t get any better. Boy, was I wrong! The twists and revelations in Orbs of Trenihgea equal or even exceed the plot in book 1!
Zrahnz might’ve received the Rites of Heirdron, but that didn’t change the manipulations and wicked plots against his family and planet. Even more of the treacheries get revealed and heighten the drama. What the Triaxeynians believed was fact was nothing but a mere illusion generated by these beings called shadow whisperers and their allies. When their motivations are laid to bare WOW.
I couldn’t write a review without mentioning the awesome Qynytwaninans! Lezayen is my new favorite character in this series. My only complaint is that there wasn’t enough of him. I’d love a novel just about him and his people –hint hint.
Without creating a spoiler, I’ll just say TZU-SAC! I haven’t read anything in a long while that made me laugh out loud like that. The situation is serious, and the delivery is exceptional. I read those sections numerous times. What a remarkable and unexpected turn of events. Bravo!
I’d give Orbs of Trenihgea 10 stars if I could. This is definitely a unique and well envisioned galaxy with characters and plots that you care about. I’m hoping for more.
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Orbs of Trenihgea is a wonderful continuation of the strife-filled mashup begun in Rites of Heirdron, this series is a seamless blend of romance, science fiction and fantasy.